Odelia Haroush - Managing Director
This year, SERET International – the Israeli Film & TV Festival, is celebrating five years of screening incredible films, documentaries, shorts and TV series from Israel, and sharing them with appreciative audiences in the UK.
The Festival began in London in 2012, and since then has grown to include locations all over the city, and built greater support along the way. Last year, as we had enjoyed such positive reactions from our London audiences, we expanded to Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.
Outside the UK, Amsterdam and Santiago saw their first SERET International Festivals in 2015, and 2016 will see a further expansion as SERET International arrives in Berlin and Zurich too.
We have a stunning programme for our UK Festival this year that gives a glimpse of the world-leading, innovative, dynamic and passionate film and TV industry in Israel. It’s an industry that has become more outward-looking, creating great cinema and TV that reflects themes that resonate however and wherever you live, rather than limiting itself to the conflict which so often colours perception of the country.
At the heart of many of the films in this year’s programme is the family and its diverse dynamics. From the emotionally-charged search of three siblings for their real father in ‘The Kind Words’, to the complex father/son aspirations in Baba Joon; the fall-out from a concealed identity in AKA Nadia; and the search for romantic freedom against the odds in Wedding Doll, family relationships are explored and revealed.
The family theme continues with a warmly moving film for children, ‘Abulele’ where 10 year old Adam meets an ancient, huge, friendly and invisible monster, written and directed by Jonathan Geva in his debut feature.
SERET International is also delighted to be showing the work of many other new film-makers, a reflection of the support that the Israeli film industry gives to nurturing new talent. Watch out for the debut work of newcomers Nitzan Giladi (Wedding Doll); Michal Vinik (Barash); Yuval Delshad (Baba Joon) and Tova Asher (A.K.A. Nadia).
As well as public screenings in cinemas and cultural centres, we will be holding celebratory galas and events to mark the fifth year of SERET International in the UK.
Please join us, we look forward to seeing you.
Our new ‘Friends of SERET International London’ scheme, managed by Ilana Wegrzyn, offers sponsorship packages including tickets to our screenings and unique experiences.
Without the wonderful support of our Friends, and all our generous private and corporate sponsors, we couldn’t bring SERET International to audiences across the UK. A big thank you to those who have made this possible.
TUESDAY JUNE 21st 2016
The SERET International Industry Day in London is held during the Festival, and is the primary forum for film and television professionals from the UK and Israel to meet to discuss their craft and international aspirations.
Our 2016 Industry Day includes introductions and masterclasses discussing the creative process and production procedures of international co-productions and adaptations, triggering opportunities for future collaborations.
This year our Industry Day is wide ranging, and we are delighted to confirm that we have a very impressive group of directors and producers of feature films, documentaries, and TV series joining us, together with several of Israel’s leading actors.